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Top 10 positives

Apr 15, 2020
By: Tammy T. Jelinek
Top 10 positives

I know, I know – really positives? Right now can’t we just all be miserable as we ride this out?!?!

Please hear me out. I was in a pretty nasty motorcycle accident and hospitalized for five days, then I had to re-learn to walk. It was hard. Not just physically, but mentally too. It was hard not to feel sorry for myself – which I am convinced would have slowed down my healing process. So, on one of my particularly horrible days, I MADE myself find 10 things about the accident that were positive. And you know what – I was able to do it. And it helped.

That’s my goal, identify 10 positives in an event that I have little to no control over:

  1. I am not alone. Family, friends, colleagues, clients – we are all going through this journey (in some way, shape or form).
  2. I can work from home, full-time and be productive. I just don’t want to do it. In my future, I will not be the one raising my hand for the home-office option.
  3. We are in a brand-new neighborhood and we have families (most with two dogs) all over the neighborhood.
  4. Children are still playing outside and now the adults are too. It’s fun to watch from the home-office window.
  5. We participated in a few area-wide initiatives (the happy heart hunting, Wisconsin’s Saturday at 3 p.m. jump-around, etc.) that normally we would have been too busy to participate.
  6. We were able to move in, unpack, hang pictures, etc. in a pretty timely manner. My travel schedule would have slowed down that process.
  7. There are more catch-up calls with team members than ever before. We are really getting to know our coast-to-coast team members.
  8. Work initiatives that we were “going to do in the future” have now become a priority and it’s exciting.
  9. We are still able to help others even when we are disconnected from them physically.
  10. This will end. We will get to decide what we want about it to end; and maybe what we want to stay the same.

What are your top 10 positives in this event? Please share a few, or all, of them.


Tammy T. Jelinek, MBA
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